I am an Australian freelance writer living in Adelaide.
Published October 2nd 2011
If Mexico is on your list on places to visit but you can't afford the trip just yet, head to Gringo's Mexican Cantina for an authentic Mexican experience.
From walking through the door early on a Sunday evening, the atmosphere reminded my friend and I of our travel experiences through South America. We waited a good few minutes at the front counter before being noticed, staff obviously extremely focused on getting food out to tables quickly. Given our menus, we chose a table with plastic fold-up beach chairs- the other option was a long table with wooden benches for seats. There was no table service either which we had to assume, given no one told us. Yet we didn't feel too disheartened by this introduction as one word sums it up- casual.
The menu is quite small yet had all the expected Mexican fare. Nachos, tacos, burritos, chilli con carne and of course sangria or margaritas to sip.
I chose a chicken burrito with all the toppings; cheese, salsa, lettuce, a dollop of sour cream and deliciously thick refried beans, all wrapped up in a soft tortilla. It was tasty but essentially, what I expected.
My friend chose the chilli con carne, a bowl of beef, beans and tomatoes, topped with cheese and sour cream and surrounded by corn chips. The burrito was filling but the chilli serving was small considering it was a main meal and served with salad and rice. At least it left enough room for ice cream along Jetty Road later!
We washed our meals down with a litre carafe of sangria, the strangest tasting I've ever had. The colour wasn't that rich red and all we could think of was that it was mixed with fruit juice as opposed to lemonade and apple and orange fruit pieces as we'd made at home.
The setting was the stand out feature. Sombreros acted as lamp shades over the light bulbs hanging overhead. Llamas that reminded me of pinatas also hung from the roof. The quiet background salsa music made us want to dance and colourful tapestries hung from the walls.
While they have a take away menu too, why bother eating at home when you can have this much fun at Glenelg?